Yemeni restaurant opening in Newport: What you need to know

Publish September 9, 2021

NEWPORT is set to be home to what is calling itself the city’s “first Yemeni restaurant.”

Located at 60 Commercial Street in the city centre, Balqis Restaurant promises to deliver a range of meals from Middle Eastern country Yemen.

At this time, no opening date has been given for the venture, though a banner hanging from the shop front promises that it is “opening soon”.

Currently, the metal roller shutters have been wound down on the ground floor restaurant.

As such, it is something of a mystery as to what work has been carried out internally to get the premises up and running.

One thing is known – the restaurant has registered with the local authority, and is currently awaiting a food hygiene inspection.

  • We want to hear why you love Newport. Click here to tell us a bit about yourself and what you like the most about our city, and we’ll share it with our readers.

While it is not known how long the unit has been empty for, it has seen a number of different tenants over the years.

Most recently, it was home to Nipa Hut, a Filipino and Chinese restaurant – though it is not known when this closed.

Prior to that, the site hosted Coffee & Crumbs, a local coffee shop.

This had vacated the unit by June 2019.

Earlier still, New Moon Chinese Restaurant was situated here, but this was replaced by the coffee shop at some point between 2014 and 2015.

What can customers expect?

With no obvious website or social media presence, Balqis Restaurant is something of a mystery at this time.

But, the signage on the shop front offers a little clue, in the form of what appears to be four menu items.

According to the frontage, the following items will be on offer:

Mandi is a traditional Yemeni dish, which is a mix of meat and rice, which is originally cooked in an underground clay pit.

It is often served at feasts and special events.

Haneeth meat is fairly similar to Mandi, with the main difference being the cooking method.

In this instance, the meat is roasted, rather than pit cooked.

Once open, Balqis Restaurant will be found at 60 Commercial Street in Newport city centre.


Latest Stories

Abu Dhabi hotels post record occupancy in June-

2021-07-14 04:00:00

Abu Dhabi’s hotel industry has reported its highest occupancy since the start of the pandemic, according to preliminary June"...
Read More

Rimini Street UK Recognized in the Top 20 of the 2021 UK’s Best Workplaces™ for Women

2021-07-02 10:00:00
Rimini Street, Inc. (Nasdaq: RMNI), a global provider of enterprise software products and services, the leading third-party support provider for Oracle and SAP software products and a Salesforce partner, today announced it has been recognized in the 2021 UK’s Best Workplaces™ for Women in the medium-sized firm category. This achievement follows a......
Read More

UAE delivers 60,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses to Yemen's strategic island: gov't source

2021-06-20 07:00:00

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Thursday dispatched a plane carrying a shipment of 60,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses to war-ravaged"...
Read More

Yemen: Hundreds protest against corruption, high cost of living

2021-06-06 05:00:00

Hundreds of Yemenis in Taiz yesterday protested against corruption and the high cost of living, Anadolu reported.

Read More